11 items from 2013
• Emily Blunt (Looper) is reportedly in talks to join the ever-growing ensemble cast of Disney’s Into the Woods to play the role of the Baker’s (James Corden) wife. The main cast also currently includes Meryl Streep (The Witch) and Johnny Depp (The Wolf). Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are both in talks for two prince roles. Blunt recently appeared with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman and can be seen next with Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill (out June 4). [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Even without being massively fond of many of the films produced from his screenplays (not least his pretty bad directorial debut "London Boulevard"), we're fond of William Monahan and his salty dialogue, best embodied in his Oscar-winning script for "The Departed," and we're always hopeful that he'll come up with the goods. So despite our feelings about "London Boulevard," we're hopeful for his follow-up "Mojave," not least because of the cast he's assembling. When first announced, the La-set crime picture had Oscar Isaac and Jason Clarke on board, but given how busy the latter's becoming, with roles in "Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes" and "Candy Store" lined up, it's not surprising to learn that he's dropped out of the project. The good news it that they've found a fine replacement, with "Tron: Legacy" and "On The Road" star Garrett Hedlund stepping in. Hedlund will play a tortured artist »
- Edward Davis
With the success of the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo under his belt, plus the chance to work with leading lady Noomi Rapace once more, it was never going to be long before Danish director Niels Arden Oplev tried his hand at Hollywood revenge to further demonstrate his film-making skill.
More exciting is how Oplev could potentially channel some of that eerie, austere atmosphere of the 2009 hit film into this one, Dead Man Down, helped by one of cinema’s ever-brooding bad boys Colin Farrell who mirrors his turn in London Boulevard as self-reflective, man of few words, ex-con Mitchel, trying not to fall for the girl.
This time Farrell plays Hungarian Victor, a hired gun with an axe to grind much closer to home than his crime boss (played less than convincingly by Terrence Howard) would like or suspect. His chosen profession is sussed out by his disfigured but pretty neighbour, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
With just a month to go until filming begins on Guardians of the Galaxy, casting seems to be picking up on the cosmic superhero ensemble; last week we heard that The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker had been cast as Yondu, and now The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that British actress Ophelia Lovibond has joined the James Gunn-directed film in an as-yet-unrevealed role.
Lovibond's previous credits include the feature films Nowhere Boy, Chatroom, London Boulevard, No Strings Attached and Mr. Popper's Penguins, and she was most recently seen in the TV series Titanic: Blood and Steel, which aired last year. According to THR, the actress will play "an aide to a being called The Collector, who gathers artifacts in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation."
- Flickering Myth
Details about her character are being kept a secret for now. It is known that she will be playing a henchman to The Collector, one of the Elders of the Universe that the Guardians encounter in this upcoming sci-fi adventure.
Ophelia Lovibond joins Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Michael Rooker as Yondu and Zoe Saldana who is in talks for Gamora. No further story details have been released at this time.
The 27-year-old British actress most recently appeared in the comedies No Strings Attached and Mr. Popper's Penguins. Ophelia Lovibond was also seen in the English films London Boulevard and Nowhere Boy.
Guardians of the Galaxy has locked in a June start date, and will be in theaters next summer.
Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1st, »
Hey, it’s a big galaxy, so there’s more than one spot for a lovely actress beside Zoe Saldana and, er, the other guys in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Trade reports have actress Ophelia Lovibond (“220.127.116.11″ and “London Boulevard” with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley) joining the cast of Marvel’s space-set saga, which will star Chris Pratt as a human pilot who joins a rag-tag group of would-be intergalactic saviors known collectively as the Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s a mighty big job, hopefully they’ll be up to the task. Sci-fi go-to gal Zoe Saldana would play the green-skinned assassin Gamora, while WWE’s Dave Bautista will put his wrasslin’ aside to play the green-skinned Drax the Destroyer. Meanwhile, “The Walking Dead’s” Michael Rooker was also previously cast as the blue-skinned Yondu. No word on who Lovibond will be playing, or what color »
Though the development process wound up stretching across a couple of years, with a few actors coming and going along the way, it's hard to argue with the impressive lineup David M. Rosenthal ("Janie Jones") assembled for "A Single Shot": Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs, William H. Macy, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly ("Flight," "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") and Ophelia Lovibond ("No Strings Attached," "London Boulevard"). Not too shabby at all. And while it was one of our most anticipated movies of the Berin International Film Festival, the end result didn't exactly win us over, but you'll soon be able to judge for yourself. The first trailer for the movie has dropped, and it certainly highlights mood over plot or anything else. Based on the book by Matthew F. Jones, the story follows Rockwell's John Moon, a hunter who accidentally shoots a teenage girl and then discovers »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ignoring the fact that Colin Farrell's name sounds just about as Irish as it gets, there's still a shred of possibility that the southern drawl he spits as Jesse James throughout "American Outlaws" actually fooled a few theatergoers into thinking that this bushy-eyebrowed ladykiller was actually born a stars n' stripes yankee.
Let's face it: Farrell -- who currently stars in the new crime thriller "Dead Man Down" -- is a verbal chameleon, a man who has effortlessly toggled the fader on his pipes between his real Dublin-derived brogue and a convincing down-home All-American inflection throughout his two-decade-long career. Practically every role he's taken on has fit somewhere between those two points, but you'd have to subject yourself to a full-on Farrell filmography marathon to know just where each film ranks within his verbal spectrum. Accent charting clearly can't be accomplished overnight, especially when Colin Farrell is involved.
- Nick DeSantis
In the film, Farrell plays Victor, an enforcer for New York City mob boss Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard), and we soon learn that he is seeking revenge for a terrible crime that was committed against his family. Things get complicated, however, when he gets involved with Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a beautician whose face has been forever scarred by a nasty car accident. When she makes clear what she wants from Victor, they both find themselves in mortal danger as they are forced to make choices that will forever change the course of their lives.
Recently, we met up with Farrell during the Dead Man Down press conference which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. »
- Ben Kenber
Based on the story of Mike Peters’ true rock and roll hoax of 2004, Vinyl tells how a group of washed-up rockers hoodwinked top record labels, radio DJs, and the entire rock music world by releasing a pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band’s name….…now they just need to teach this rowdy bunch of kids what true punk spirit is all about!
In Sara Sugarman’s Vinyl, much-loved British icons Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia) and Keith Allen (Trainspotting) return to the big screen, supported by a sensational young cast, with charismatic newcomer Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman, London Boulevard) delivering a standout performance that’s sure to mark him out as one »
- David Sztypuljak
Here's the thing about film festival season. While it brings with it numerous high-profile titles that bloggers and movie fans have been following since day one, there is also a handful of strong movies we simply forgot about. Case in point: "A Single Shot." The long-developing picture firmed up its cast last spring, and went in front of cameras, and it promptly faded to the back of our minds. But today it was announced by the Berlin International Flim Festival as part of their Forum section, where it will be making its World Premiere. And a whole host of images for the movie have cropped up to give us a first peek. But before we dig into what the movie is about, let's go over the great cast once again: Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs, William H. Macy, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly ("Flight," "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows »
- Kevin Jagernauth
11 items from 2013
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